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Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Girls

This is Tukano Salat. She is the second daughter of her Bantu mother Fatuma Ali. Her family has been in the United States for 3 years now. She is a 6th grader at a middle school here in Denver. She, like many of the other young girls, is very interested in creating jewelry.

At first I was afraid that the girls would all want to keep what they made, but most of them were eager to see which pieces would sell. They constantly asked, "How much do you think this one will go for? Let's sell it for $10." These girls have great ideas and talent.

They all need more individual attention. Today I felt like I was being stretched in all directions, much like the bracelets we made today.

To the right are three more girls whose families are from Somalia, Momina, Khadiga, and Batula. Within the next few weeks, we are hoping we can bring more of the older teenagers into this project. The interest is definitely there. It is just hard for the girls to all gather in the same place when they all live in different areas of town. They all did wonderful and will be a great addition to the group.

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